Course Introduction

This course is ideal for international actors who wish to develop their craft through an in'depth exploration of the classical canon; prioritising ensemble work, the course builds upon actors' prior experience and encourages growth through conservatoire training in classical drama; based on a contemporary investigation of Shakespeare’s plays, the course also explores works from the Jacobean, Spanish Golden Age, Restoration and French Classical theatre periods; it culminates in a public production in London and showcases in New York and Los Angeles to ease actors’ re'entry into the industry.

Course Modules

This intensive MA is delivered through a programme of classwork, scene study and workshop performances, allowing graduates to re'enter the industry after only a 12'month break equipped with enhanced knowledge and a more complete skillset.

This course builds on the student’s prior experience and encourages growth through British conservatoire training, prioritising ensemble work.

Students will work on plays from the Shakespearean, Jacobean, Spanish Golden Age, French classical and Restoration periods. By discovering how classical theatre translates across centuries, cultures and languages students will build an awareness of the historical, political and social context from which these works emerged and their impact on modern theatre.

Classes in craft skills develop and strengthen students’ existing abilities and prepare them for the rehearsal process. These include acting; voice, textual analysis and contextual studies; movement, stage combat and historical dance; and music and singing. Classes are delivered across the year in long modules which focus on integrating language and action, and feed into workshop explorations of classical plays which are closed to the public.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
MA £22,500 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • This course is for international students. The minimum entry age is 18 but, due to the experience necessary for this course, most incoming students are 21 and over. There is no upper age limit. Admission is by audition and interview.This course is for international students with a BA or BFA degree or equivalent, or a comparable level of knowledge and experience gained in a professional company or at a vocational drama school.
  • Applicants must be fluent English speakers or, in the case of non-native speakers, be able to provide a valid IELTS test report with an overall score of seven.